SAINT JOHN, N.B. Mar. 18, 2019 – An Anglophone artist, an Indigenous artist and an Acadian artist will spend three weeks in three different communities in New Brunswick working on creation projects as part of the Cross-Cultural Creation Residency. On top of providing a new means to help artists create, while recognizing current debates surrounding cultural and language tensions in New Brunswick, this initiative demonstrates that it is possible to grow by combining strengths rather than advocating division.

The residency with artists Indigo Poirier (Fredericton), Tara Francis (Elsipogtog) and Nicole Haché (Caraquet) will take place March 15th to April 5th, and will include open studios days and artists talks to which the public is invited. The residency will be in three stages, one week in each of the following communities: Caraquet, Saint John and the Metepenagiag First Nation.

Through this residency, artists will have the opportunity to create new work while immersing themselves in the artistic process of fellow artists. The experience of being in another community and creating with people of different artistic backgrounds allows one to go beyond language barriers and discover different cultural environments.

Association Acadienne des Artistes Professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick, ArtsLink NB and Mawi’art: The Wabanaki Artist Collective have teamed up to host a cross-cultural residency between an Acadian artist, an Anglophone artist, and an Indigenous artist. This is the inaugural collaboration between the three provincial artists service organizations.

Dates:

METEPENAGIAG HERITAGE PARK

Open Studio: Mar. 20th, 12-3pm

Artist Talk: Mar 21, 5-7pm

LA BOÎTE THÉÂTRE DE CARAQUET

Open Studio: Mar. 27th, 12-3pm

Artist Talk: Mar 28, 5-7pm

SAINT JOHN ARTS CENTRE

Open Studio: Apr. 3rd, 12-3pm

Artist Talk: Apr. 4th, 5-7pm

About the artists:

Indigo Poirier is a Fredericton-based artist specializing in the medium of electronic music. Her solo work under the name Wangled Teb combines intricate drum programming and deep, well-thought-out sound design with a strong sense of melodic progression and passion for experimentation with structure. She is also an avid collaborator, performing in psychedelic rock band Helium Submarine and electronic improv trio Terre Wa, as well as frequently working with artists in other mediums to create interdisciplinary works of art.

Tara Francis is a Mi’kmaq Artist from Elsipogtog First Nation. She attended the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design and has been working in her field since 2003. She specializes in Porcupine Quillwork, Silk Painting and Acrylic Painting. She considers her work her spiritual journey and incorporates her teachings into each piece.

Nicole Haché grew up on Lamèque Island before moving to Caraquet, NB. She uses her medical laboratory training to conceptualize her creations that address social habits and focus on human relationships and the planet. Her work offers a vibrant and delicate universe in counterpoint to the fury of modernity. Eminently organic, her paintings and installations weave human relations of quality, to protect the planet or to be anchored in the intimate and collective history.

About ArtsLink NB

ArtsLink NB is a province-wide arts service organization representing artists of all disciplines. We work to help artists build robust careers in New Brunswick by providing professional opportunities, public programming, specialized training, and advocacy work. We are working to grow the arts sector to meet national standards of excellence and enhance the socio-economic status of artists.

About AAAPNB

The Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick is an Acadian arts service organization for professional artists. The mission of the association is to protect the rights and represent the interests of artists, and to promote the recognition of their contributions to society. aaapnb.ca

About Mawi’art The Wabanaki Artist Collective

Collective of Aboriginal Visual Artists from across Atlantic Canada, creating traditional and contemporary works of art for sale and by commission.

This program is supported by:

The Government of New Brunswick, Canada Council for the Arts, the Sheila Hugh MacKay Foundation, the Saint John Arts Centre, and the Metepenagiag Heritage Park.

Media contact:

For additional information, please contact:

Julie Whitenect, Executive Director ArtsLink NB

julie@artslinknb.com      (506) 608-9914